Big League Stew
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 mins ago
The Milwaukee Brewers have already seen enough. Twenty-five games into the season, the team has fired manager Ron Roenicke.
Team general manager Doug Melvin made the announcement, saying the team wasn't performing up to standard.
"This has been a difficult start to the season, something that we certainly didn't anticipate," Melvin said. "Over roughly the last 100 games, we have not performed at the level we should. It's all about wins and losses, and after the first month of play this year we didn't see the progress and improvement we hoped for. We appreciate all that Ron has done for our organization, and he has handled his duties with great professionalism and dedication. The reasons for our disappointing start are many, but we determined that it's in the best interest of the club to make this move."
The club will name an interim manager at a 10:30 a.m. press conference Monday.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
After an offseason of improvements, the Chicago White Sox have gotten off to a terrible start. Things are particularly bad at the moment.
The club dropped their fifth straight game Sunday, falling to 8-14 on the year. Chicago now has a -38 run differential, which is good for worst in the American League.
With the club off to such a poor start, there are some who believe the team would be better off parting ways with manager Robin Ventura. While the issue hasn't blown up just yet, his players gave him the dreaded vote of confidence following Sunday's loss.
Jose Abreu told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times that the players are to blame for the slow start, not the manager.
“We cannot blame Robin for the situation of the team,’’ Abreu said through an interpreter. “It’s our fault because we are the ones who are playing. We are the people who are in the field. We are not doing the things right.’’
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Did you spend $100 on the boxing match of the century between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night?
That's great if you did. Hopefully you came away more satisfied than most customers seemed. But we think Colorado Rockies reliever and Oscar's aficionado John Axford got one up on you thanks to his resourcefulness.
With the Rockies on the road in San Diego, Axford's viewing options were actually pretty limited considering he didn't have his own home to return to. It didn't help that Colorado's 4-2 loss to the Padres didn't end until just before the fight started, either. By that point, the bars were likely packed, and going to the team hotel may have cost him valuable time.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter created an unexpected — at least in his mind — uproar on Saturday night when he tweeted that what Floyd Mayweather does in the ring is strictly business, and what he does outside the ring is non- essential or should have no impact on how Mayweather the fighter is viewed.
Understandably, this rubbed some people the wrong way, as it came across that Hunter was willing to ignore or dismiss Mayweather's history of alleged domestic violence.
Here's the tweet in question.
Not surprisingly, that tweet disappeared from Hunter's feed quickly on Saturday night.
Even less surprising, he offered an apology and an explanation on Sunday, stating that he wasn't taking Mayweather's history of domestic violence into consideration when tweeting, and he was purely focused on Mayweather the fighter.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Everyone in Hollywood wants to be a star on some level. Otherwise, how else could you explain the unusual but entertaining — and potentially star-making — moment that played out during Saturday's Dodgers-Diamondbacks game at Dodger Stadium.
When Arizona's Aaron Hill stepped to the plate in the fourth inning, Dodgers' fan Bobby Crosby positioned himself in the left field bleachers His mission was two-fold. First and foremost, he wanted to catch a home run ball. But beyond that, he also wanted to catch the moment for his own personal film collection, because simply being on TV catching a home run wouldn't be enough.
Of course, as things turned out, Crosby ended up receiving quite a bit of TV time anyway.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
If you're not paying attention to the Houston Astros, you're missing quite a show.
On Saturday night, baseball's hottest team hit five home runs against the Seattle Mariners to extend their winning streak to nine.
We repeat, NINE. There are still five teams in baseball that don't have nine wins all season, but the Astros have won nine straight and 17 overall.
It's an amazing story that may or may not have staying power. We'll sort that out as the season moves along, but if they keep making plays like Jake Marisnick's running catch on Tal's Hill on Saturday, the galaxy might just be the limit.
The play happened in the sixth inning with Houston holding a 9-4 lead. Logan Morrison squared up a Collin McHugh pitch and sent it soaring toward Tal's Hill in center field.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
After a roller coaster few weeks professionally, veteran outfielder Carlos Quentin has elected to walk away from baseball all together, according to FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal.
Quentin, who’s been playing at Triple-A for the Seattle Mariners after being traded from the San Diego Padres to the Atlanta Braves in the stunning Craig Kimbrel trade on April 5, and then subsquently released by the Braves, has decided to retire at age 32.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that Quentin left his team in Tacoma on Thursday after going 3-for-17 in five games. He was signed to the Seattle Mariners on a minor league deal and was immediately granted his release after making his request following Thursday's game. He's now in the process of making his retirement official.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Baseball is a strange game sometimes. You can go for what seems like forever without seeing a specific unusual ending, and then you can see it twice in one day.
For example, earlier on Saturday we wrote about the Los Angeles Angels painful loss in San Francisco, which ended when baserunner Taylor Featherston was struck by Matt Joyce's batted ball. Late Saturday night, the same finish happened in Los Angeles, where the Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4.
There was a little more drama in San Francisco, where Joyce's ball would have tied the game had it advanced cleanly into the outfield. Here, it was still dramatic in Los Angeles as David Peralta represented the tying run. However, his smash ticketed for center field bounced off runner Jordan Pacheco to end the game.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter has been known to share his opinion on a wide range of topics over the years — controversial, sensitive or otherwise — with little consideration for those who might be offended and hurt by their meaning.
Most notably, Hunter was quoted in late 2012 stating that it would be "difficult and uncomfortable" accepting a gay teammate into the clubhouse due to his religious beliefs. But there have been other instances as well involving race and sexuality, and many of those comments have struck nerves and stirred emotions that leave people uncomfortable.
Unfortunately, Hunter entered that delicate territory again on Saturday night prior to the highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
They are painful ways to lose baseball games, and then there are strange ways to lose baseball games that are literally quite painful.
We'd say both apply to the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, especially for pinch-runner Taylor Featherston, who was on the receiving end of teammate Matt Joyce's "walkoff" single.
As the rules state, if a runner is hit by a fair batted ball while he is on fair territory, he is immediately called out. There's no judgment in play, no intent to consider. The only exceptions come down to if the baseball was deflected or had already passed all infielders.
Unfortunately for Featherston, neither exception applied on Saturday. He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when Matt Joyce's line drive clipped him on the leg. He was called out, Joyce was credited with an unusual single, and the game was over on the spot.
Oh, the agony.